The Foxy Lady is a "gentlemans club" and a Rhode Island institution. Members of the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, and Patriots have all graced the chairs of this adult club.
As a young man I would make the journey from Western Massachusetts to give bachelor parties for my friends here. I had my own one here as well. I am now married and not allowed to visit, but that's life.
Dress Code: Men have to be dressed, women are usually in various stages of undress
If your looking for a great place to meet Mr or Ms right in Providence, this isn't the place. If you want to meet Mr or ms RIGHT NOW, then this is the club for you.
The complex has 4 clubs in 1 Polly Estas, Algiers, Wet Bar, and Plum Crazy.. Each are different and Plum Crazy has live music.
It's mostly a college crowd and it's 18+ for women and 21+ for guys.
Dress Code: Whatever you dare to wear.
I know, going to church isn't what most people think of when they hear the word "nightlife" -- but I have to assume there are some other VT'ers out there who actually go to church, and who appreciate high-quality sung choir services in the style of English cathedrals. So I am going to recommend that, schedule permitting, a visitor to Providence attend one of the choral Evensongs (generally on Sundays at 5:00 PM, although not every week), or Compline (on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM) held at Grace Church, which is conveniently located downtown just across from the Hotel Providence and L'Epicureo restaurant (both excellent choices, incidentally). Music director Mark Johnson has a trained boy choir, but these two services are often sung by a mixed choir of (mostly) adults. Both take place in candle light. Treat yourself to a worship experience that will bless you.
Dress Code: Whatever you'd wear to church, anyway. (Grace is also the site of the U2 Eucharist, when dress gets a little more avant garde.)
I'm not part of the young, hip crowd, but I work just across the street from Tazza and from time to time I get seduced into having drinks after a long day...and it's clear that I'm missing a lot by not doing it more frequently. Tazza features a lot of live music (every night of the week, I believe), which is just a plus because the place is great for kicking back and enjoying a good band with a glass of wine and some of the excellent appetizers. Tazza has multiple seating options, including some comfortable sofas, and outdoor seating in good weather.
Dress Code: Looks to me like anything goes, but we are talking yuppie prices...
Waterfires have been attracting thousands of tourists to Providence. That isn't what attracted VT's Geoff_Wright, however. He and Mary came to visit with Paula (Paulapes) and I gave everyone the grand tour of Providence on Saturday. They are delightful people and we had a real fun time. I'll enter more pics on my travelogue of their visit. They were off for Newport to see the mansions on Sunday and then heading up to Bar Harbour, Maine. Keep your eye open for them!
Great visit. Thanks for coming, Geoff and Mary.
The Lederer Theater Center was built in 1917 as the Majestic Theater. This historic building has served as a vaudeville house, a movie palace, and, since 1973, home to Trinity Repertory Company. The Lederer houses two unique theater spaces — the Chace and the Dowling — suited for events such as meetings, receptions, and conferences. The lobbies were refurbished in the summer of 2006 and the stained glass dome which crowns the lobby has been restored to its original splendor. The newly transformed lobbies of the Lederer Theater provide a grand and elegant venue for receptions, parties and gatherings.
From intimate to spacious, the individual spaces in the Lederer can be combined to accommodate a variety of events and include: the Dowling Theater (capacity 281), the Chace Theater (544), the main lobby (200), the Chace Theater lobby (100), and The Square at Trinity Rep (35).
The Lederer Theater Center is home to Trinity Repertory Company with a performance season of September through June. The availability of space for rent will be dependent on the production schedule for the resident theater company.
Providence is full of entertainment. Providence Performing Arts is a gorgeous restored theater where you can see Phantom of the Opera to the Nutcracker Ballet. Previously known as Leow's State Theater....there was vaudeville and Maurice at the organ (lifted from under the floor to orchestra level....very dramatic) I was fascinated as a kid...still am!
Trinity Square Reperatory Theatre -- also in a beautifully restored theater -- does innovative and intimate theater (in the round). Brown University and Rhode Island College offer wonderful performances (check schedules) and then you can do the clubs.. L'Elizabeth's for desert & coffe w/ liquer in a laid back setting (couches and comfy chairs) -- the Fish Company....younger set getting acquainted. Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel -- recent rock and pop. Long list of clubs and restaurants to be discovered in Prov. and Newport.
Bovi's Tavern is the best place you can go for good jazz in Providence. All the local musicians get together every Monday night for a jam session and they've been doing it for about 30 or more years. The bar is small and plain... looks like a local mens bar...but here you will find about 20 musicians playing the best of the big band sounds and Bruebeck, Basie, whatever. I'm amazed at them every time I go and wonder at the fact that the tradition continues over so many years. Don't expect to have a conversation with anyone while you are there...all you can hear in that little place is all those horns. Treat yourself. Check out Bovi's on a Monday night. Nothing else is happening in town on Mondays....and that's why the musicians can jam at Bovi's.
actually a bit outside of the city...in East Providence. Only takes about 10 minutes from whereever you are around the city.
We visited L'Elizabeth's recently and were absolutely stunned by the prices. See below:
2 - Coffees with Zambuca - $35.00 (what?)
1 - Regular Coffee - $5.00
1 - Hot Chocolate with Butterscotch Schnapp's - $15.00
2 - Slices of mediocre dessert $12.00
Total bill for 4 people with tax/tip - $90.00
This is downtown Providence!!! And the coffee wasn't even hot. When we questioned the waitress to see if there was an error on our bill, she stated "I know it's pricey, but you're paying for the ambiance. What ambiance, a room full of old furniture?? Beware of this overpriced establishment, there were no prices on the menu. I guess that should have tipped us off.
Hey, looking for a concert to go to? Well, this place is great! Parking is relatively cheap, and it's not so huge that you'll get a nose-bleed seat from the worst seat in this place.
Check out the website for the list of current events!
This building is near the Providence Place mall and is visible from I-95.
Dress Code: Dress as you would for the event.
This place has it all. It's a place you can play pool, sit at the bar, get dinner, play video games, and even win prizes.
The prizes you win are like those at Chuckie Cheese's. Certain games give you a number of tickets depending on your performance, and you can exchange the tickets for the varying levels of prizes.
There are multiple pool tables and the complete line of the latest video games.
Dress Code: Dress casual. No jeans with holes in them. There is a 'bouncer' that stands outside of the premises.
Normally, I would fill in a night spot. But Providence really doesn't have much of a night life. Sure there are a few bars and assorted hang outs but there was no place you can really get into trouble which is odd for an university town.
My only recommendation is the Providence Place Mall.
The Mall is a multi-level shopping palace which is great for people watching.
Very cool bar, dark, lots of candles and red velvet couches. $1.50 Rolling Rocks!! The jukebox has everything from Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday to LL Cool J and DMX to Nine Inch Nails. The crowd that goes here is just as diverse.
On Friday nights there is an X-Rated hypnotist. Take my advice and DO NOT VOLUNTEER!!! Just watch the show from the safety of your seat; it can be hysterically funny...or so I was told... World-famous comics pass through here, and it's a small place, every seat is good.
Nightlife? What nightlife!?!
We tried our best one night but we found very little considering it is a university town. However, if you like shopping and people watching check out the Providence Place Mall.
The Providence Place Mall is a multi-level shopping mall which is excellent for people watching.